Authentic Assessment in Professional Experience

Authentic Assessment in Professional Experience. (2020). Retrieved from
The Authentic Assessment for Professional Experience project developed a toolbox to help supervising teachers with a number of challenges and issues.
For each of the challenges/issues listed below, this resource offers strategies and tools for dealing with that challenge:

  1. Equity and validity of assessment judgment
  2. Assessment incorporating explicit feedback steps
  3. Assessing according to the professional teaching standards
  4. Continuity between placements
  5. Guiding and assessing ‘at risk’ students
  6. Promoting quality supervisory relationships
  7. Time pressure
  8. Linking universities and schools around professional experience
  9. Diversity and preservice teachers
  10. Placement site limitations
  11. Accessing a sufficient number of placements
  12. School & community relation

A guide to supervision in social work field education

Bowles, W., Cassano, B., Collingridge, M., Dawood, A., Irwin, J., Lukic, M., Maywald, S., McKinnon, J., Noble, C., O’Sullivan, J., Wexler, J., & Zubrzycki , J. (2010). A guide to supervision in social work field education (Rep.).

“This Guide to Supervision in Social Work Field Education is for anyone wanting to learn about or refresh their knowledge about the theory and practice of supervising social work students during their field education placement”.
This guide covers the following topics in detail:

  • The nature of social work field education
  • Standards and roles
  • Educational foundations
  • Phases of student supervision

Online Social Work Practice

Burns, K., & Ó Súilleabháin, F. (2020). Online Social Work Practice Initiative. School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, available online:

This platform offers a number of resources on the topics listed below which pertain to online social work practice:

  • Best practice advice
  • Platforms for online meetings
  • Helpful hints for planning and organizing online meetings
  • GDPR and confidentiality
  • Protocols for working with service-users online
  • Social work specific reading
  • Self-care for professionals
  • Sending large files (like video)
  • Open access practice resources

Canadian Association for Social Work Education: Field Education Resources

Canadian Association for Social Work Education. (2020). Field Resources. Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

The Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) has developed this webpage which offers a number of recent field education resources and information.

Resources to Support Students Remotely

CEWIL Canada. (2020). COVID-19 Resources. Retrieved from
On this webpage, you will find resources on:

  • Tips for working at home
  • Tips for Onboarding Student Remotely
  • Tips for Supervising Students Remotely

Effective Supervision in a Variety of Settings

Faulkner, A., Johnson, N., Kam, M., & Wonnacott, J. (2013). Effective supervision in a variety of settings (Rep. No. 50).

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) developed this guide about effective supervision in a variety of settings based on research and practice knowledge. Each of the topics below is covered in detail:

  • Recommendations
  • People who use services and supervision
  • The context for effective supervision
  • Foundations of effective supervision
  • Effective supervision in practice
  • References

This guide can be viewed on the web page by clicking here and it is available to download by creating a free MySCIE account.

National Field Instructor Training Repository

Council on Social Work Education’s Council on Field Education. (2021). 2021 National Field Instructor Training Repository. Council on Social Work Education.

Scroll down to “2021 National Field Instructor Training Repository (N-FIT)” and click the hyperlink “repository” to access this resource.

“In Summer 2021, CSWE launched an online repository to support the practice of field supervisors, practice teachers, field instructors etc.  A wide range of resources, shared generously by schools and faculties of social work and field supervisors, are now available online.” The repository includes 10 folders covering a wide variety of topics including:

  • Users Guide for the Repository
  • Orientation to Field Education
  • Orienting Students to the Agreement/Plan
  • Supervision Methods
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Supervision
  • Trauma Informed Supervision and Field Instruction
  • Integrating Theory, Research, and Practie
  • Navigating Challenges with Students
  • Principles of Competency-Based Evaltuation/Assessment

Full list of acknowledgements can be found here.

Peer Coaching and Work Integrated Learning (Online Book)

Ladyshewsky, R. K., & Sanderson, B. (n.d.). Peer Coaching and Work Integrated Learning. Curtin University. Retrieved from
While this free online book was developed for Clinical Educators, supervisors in other sectors of social work will find it useful as well.

“The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of the peer coaching model in work-integrated learning. The book provides a detailed set of practice guidelines for Clinical Educators who are supervising students in this model.”

“What makes this book unique is that the practice guidelines in this book come from a research project to capture the tacit knowledge or ‘know-how’ of experienced Clinical Educators who lead and manage the peer coaching model in practice. These best practice guidelines will provide both the novice and advanced educator with some great information and tools to make the peer coaching model in work-integrated learning successful.”

Support for the original work was provided by Curtin University.

Virtual Field Placement Toolkit

McClain-Meeder, K., Lewis, L. (2020). Virtual Field Placement Toolkit. Retrieved from

This toolkit is intended to be a support and resource for field educators and students who may need virtual field placement guidance, ideas, and support.

On the left-hand side, you will find additional resources to navigate which include:

o Getting started in the field remotely
o Meaningful remote field activities
o Technology Resources and Considerations

Peer Coaching and Work Integrated Learning: Practice Guide for Field Work Supervisors

Sanderson, B., Ladyshewsky, R., & Quail, M. (n.d.). Peer Coaching and Work Integrated Learning: Practice Guide for Fieldwork Supervisors (Rep.). Retrieved from

“The purpose of this practice guide is to provide a summary of key literature, tips and resources for clinicians on how to lead and manage placements using a Peer Coaching Model. It serves as an addendum to the full Peer Coaching in Work Integrated Learning book…” (which is also referenced in this Supervisor Hub).

While this resource was developed for Clinical Educators, novice and advanced supervisors in other sectors of social work will find it useful as well.

Supervision Learning Resource

Supervision Learning Resource (Rep.). (2016). Retrieved from
This Learning Resource was developed in Scotland and promotes the importance of supervision and covers topics including contracts, approaches to supervision, group supervision, difficult conversations, transitioning from frontline worker to supervisor, and evaluations.

Authentic Assessment in Practice Settings: A Participatory Design Approach

Waugh, F., Bowles, W., Giles, R., & Egan, S. (2012). Authentic Assessment in Practice Settings: A Participatory Design Approach.

Click “Browse Frameworks” where you can find more information on the following topics:

  • Assessment
  • Community Development
  • Ethics
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Development
  • Policy
  • Reflective Practice
  • Research
  • Supervision
  • Teamwork